An artistic community where creative minds unite.
Beijing's funky art precinct, 798 Art Zone (a.k.a. Dashanzi Art District) started more than a decade ago as a camp of largely abandoned military electronics factories out near the airport. Tempted by low rent rates, local artists began converting the factories into studios and lofts, and within a few years the design companies and upscale French bistros had also moved in.
While rent prices have since risen, and many artists — bemoaning the commercialism — have decamped to new art districts further east, Dashanzi retains its charm for tourists and makes for a relaxing afternoon strolling around its leafy lanes, browsing the galleries and bookshops and enjoying a glass of wine. Beijing Commune and 798 Space are two of the more well-established studios.